1. Simone Leigh at the USA Pavilion. The extraordinary vision of Simone Leigh at the USA Pavilion is breathtaking. She has totally transformed the space, reclaiming the pavilion in a form that’s true to her as an artist and acknowledging the weight of sacrifice that made this place possible. By far, it’s the best thing in the biennale this year and no matter how much … Continue reading Top 6 exhibitions you must see in Venice.
Ghost signs are old advertising signs painted on the exterior of buildings that have faded into the brickwork or timber. Many are glimpsed only when a building is demolished revealing a hidden facade. Ghost works are collages created by overpainting magazine pages with thin glazes of acrylic paint so text and images ghost through the paint. This collage technique, invented by artist Ray Monde, gives … Continue reading What are ghost signs and ghost works?
Berrima is the perfect place to stop on between Sydney and Canberra. It’s just a couple of minutes off the highway. There’s no traffic and it’s the cutest Georgian town in all of Australia with fabulous places to eat and things to see. Why you must stop at Berrima on the road from Canberra to Sydney. For years we drove between Sydney and Canberra every … Continue reading The best place to stop between Sydney and Canberra.
Art critic Robert Hughes famously described Rauschenberg’s Monogram as “The most powerful image of anal intercourse ever to emerge from the rank psychological depths of modern art.” The art work itself went through several iterations between 1955-1959. During Pride Month, almost 70 years after Rauschenberg’s creation, let’s look at what contemporary artists say about queerness in their art. Pablo Bronstein: “Queer art is about working … Continue reading What comes after Rauschenberg’s ‘most powerful image of anal intercourse ever’?
I’ve only been a stalker once in my life. I move to Seattle in early 2020 in The Before Times. Forbidden from making art in my new temporary home, I must find an art studio fast. All the big tech companies in Seattle, like Amazon and Microsoft, gobble up real estate, sending prices soaring. Google Maps shows me the way to The Good Arts Building, … Continue reading How I became a stalker to be part of art history in Seattle.
Nine artists to discover and support during Pride Month 2022 Continue reading Nine artists to fall in love with: Pride Month 2022.
We think the Australian Labor Party is kinder to the arts, but is it? Are our feelings blinkered by Gough Whitlam´s famous acquisition of Blue Poles by Jackson Pollock in 1972 for $1.3 million? (now conservatively valued at $350 million). Here’s what the Australian Labor Party has said they’ll do for Australian artists. Develop a National Cultural Policy. A National Cultural Policy will set the … Continue reading Will Labor deliver for the arts?
My artwork, Love on the Moon, is a finalist in the National Works on Paper 2022. The work is one of just 78 artists from all corners of Australia who have been shortlisted from almost 900 entries for the 2022 National Works on Paper (NWOP). The prize, one of the most prestigious acquisitive prizes and exhibitions of its type in Australia, supports and promotes contemporary … Continue reading Love on the Moon: finalist in National Works on Paper 2022
The exhibition, What the Wayfarer Saw, at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery charts an 86 kilometre odyssey on foot from Goulburn to Braidwood over six days, sleeping by the roadside, in pubs and country homes along the way. The measured and slow pace of walking allowed the artist to deeply connect with people and place. This beautiful and brutal journey brought to the fore the artist’s … Continue reading Nick Mitzevich, Director of National Gallery of Australia opens What the Wayfarer Saw
Is this an artwork about the crucifixion or drunkness? Do you see the eye of god too? And is it a little bit queer? Continue reading Artwork of the week: Mailboxes by Kenneth Callahan.